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It's an odd part of our

It's an odd part of our common law, but you can look up old sheriff manuals online through goggle books. I have a couple of them dating to 1830 or so, and things haven't changed that much.

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.